The Academy Committee
The Academy Committee (AC) has a vital role in the governance of the South Suffolk Learning Trust (SSLT). It is accountable to the Board of Trustees and supports the Trustees and Trust school leaders to deliver their responsibilities, and commit to the vision, values and strategic objectives of the SSLT. Visit the SSLT website for a wide range of information.
The AC Chair has a Trust-wide leadership role in ensuring that the AC fulfils its accountabilities and maintains effective communication with the Board of Trustees and the CEO.
The knowledge, experience and skills of the AC members enable the AC to:
> monitor school performance and outcomes and to challenge school leaders on that performance.
> identify and agree school improvement priorities and to monitor progress against those priorities within the School Development Plan.
> have a fundamental role in leading the strategic oversight of safeguarding and assuring the Trust that effective safeguarding is in place in the school; this includes safeguarding in its widest form focusing on attendance, welfare and pastoral care.
> take primary responsibility for the Trust’s strategic ambitions for effective community engagement and promotion of the school in its community.
Further details of the governance of the Trust can be accessed in the SSLT Scheme of Delegation.
To view the Trust's Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2020 -21, please click here
We are very grateful for the time given to governance within our Trust and value the important part AC members contribute to each of our schools.
If you are interested in joining the Academy Committee, please email our Governance Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Academy Committee only has Full Academy Committee meetings.
Code of Conduct
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Business and Other Interests
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Membership of the Academy Committee
Mr Nigel AndrewsTrust Appointed Member (Chair)
Mr Nigel Andrews
Term of Office 10/02/2022 - 09/02/2026
I sit on the working parties for Staff and Student Wellbeing and Pay and I am the lead committee member for Disadvantaged Students and Attendance. I have spent a number of years as a senior manager working within local authorities housing service, where I led on service improvement and project management as well as being the lead officer for tenancy support services, safeguarding adults and working with troubled families. I am passionate about education and community involvement and delighted to be given the opportunity to serving as a trust member of a thriving and ambitious school.
Mrs Liz StoneTrust Appointed Member
Mrs Liz Stone
Term of Office 06/06/2019 - 30/06/2023
Named committee member for online safety
I started life as a parent governor and have enjoyed continuing to support the school over a number of years. I work in the probation service and want to help and encourage young people. I am the named academy member for Prevent and Online Safety.
Mr John Pateman-GeeTrust Appointed Member
Mr John Pateman-Gee
Term of Office 08/04/2022 to 07/04/2026
Mr Ed VollerTrust Appointed Member
Mr Ed Voller
Term of Office 14/06/2021 to 13/06/2025
Mr Tom BoothParent Member
Mr Tom Booth
Term of Office 17/03/2022 to 16/03/2026 Â
Mrs Emma SmithParent Member
Mrs Emma Smith
Term of Office 17/03/2022 to 16/03/2026 Â
Ms Maeve TaylorStaff Member (Headteacher)
Ms Maeve Taylor
I am starting my fourth year as Headteacher and am so proud to lead this school. I am an English teacher by training and still love teaching in the classroom. I worked here at Claydon High School as Assistant and then Deputy Headteacher and have seen it led to a place of great strength. I am excited by the challenge of moving the school forward.
Mr Richard PopeStaff Member (SENDCo)
Mr Richard Pope
Term of Office 08/01/2020 - 07/01/2024
I have been SENDCo at Claydon High School for thirteen years. Before that I worked in a number of high schools in the Ipswich and Felixstowe area. I have always been passionate about ensuring children with additional needs get the right support. Outside of school I am a local Councillor serving on Ipswich Borough Council. I have in the past been a director of a number of local charities and I currently sit on the Fair Trade Steering Group in Ipswich.
Mr Mark TateStaff Member
Mr Mark TateTerm of Office 06/07/2022 - 05/07/2026.I joined Claydon High School in 2018. My role has evolved since joining to now holding the position of Exams, Information and Office Manager. It is a cross school role which allows me to daily interact with our students, parents, carers and staff at all levels. I am also the school's Children in Care champion, which is an extremely rewarding role providing pastoral support to some of our more vulnerable students.I have worked in the education sector for over 20 years at a number of colleges and schools and feel privileged to be in a position to be able to work with and support our young people.
Please click to access Membership of the Academy Committee 2021-2022.